Motivation to Exercise for People with Arthritis Kritika Ponia February 23, 2012 Fitness, Health Arthritis is not a condition that is easy to live with. Even the slightest movement can become a huge struggle for a person suffering from arthritis. However, everyone knows that it is very important and exercise can actually tackle your pain. To help you out thus, here are a few motivations for you to move and work out even though it hurts: 1. Think of the end: On days when you are not able to so much as get up from the bed, keep reminding yourself that it is important for you to get rid of the pain in the future. A check about the fact that what future has in store for you depends on the present will be enough incentive to keep you going. It might take a lot of effort initially but once the realization dawns in, you will be up and about to exercise and relieve yourself of the pain. 2. Find friends: Exercising alone is never inviting but when you have a friend with you, you will automatically be motivated to work out. It is fun when you do it with friends and that is always pleasing. So make sure you find someone if you want to be regular. 3. Join classes: There are many workout groups that you could join. You will be able to interact with new people and have a lot of fun. While on one hand your purpose will be fulfilled on the other, you will have spent your time distracting yourself and enjoying. 4. Be practical: Don’t ever bite more than you can chew. If you can’t do it or if it is too much for you, you won’t do it for more than a couple of days. Thus, your workout regimen must be realistic and something that you can do. Start off modestly and increase the duration and intensity with time. 5. Do what you like: If you pick an exercise that you hate, you will not do it. There are enough types of exercise for you to be flexible about your choice. You can choose anything that you know you will like. Swimming is a great option to relieve arthritis pain but if you don’t like it, don’t do it. You can go for something else instead.